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Widener University Overview

Widener University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Chester, Pennsylvania. Chester is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Widener University Known For?

2,919 Full-Time Undergraduates
$31,305 Avg Cost After Aid
65% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Widener have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest degree offered at Widener.
  • In 2017-2018, 40% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Widener bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $53,400 a year. That's about 31% more than their peers at other schools.

Widener University Rankings

College Factual ranked Widener as #531 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. It is also ranked #46 out of 123 schools in Pennsylvania.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Widener has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Widener

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges 531
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 580
Best Colleges for Diversity 1,075
Best Colleges for Veterans 1,104
Best Colleges for the Money 1,180

Where Is Widener University?

Location of Widener University

Contact details for Widener are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One University Place, Chester, PA 19013-5792
Phone: 610-499-4000
Website: www.widener.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wideneruniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wideneruniv

How Do I Get Into Widener?

You can apply to Widener online at: www.widener.edu/admissions-aid/undergraduate-admissions/apply

Admission Requirements for Widener

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Widener?

65% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
92% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 65%, Widener does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 66%, and the acceptance rate for women is 65%.

Average Test Scores

About 92% of students accepted to Widener submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 590. Math scores were between 510 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Widener University  ( 510 to 590 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Widener University  ( 510 to 590 )
200
800
Widener received ACT scores from 20% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 25. Math scores were between 19 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Widener University  ( 19 to 25 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Widener University  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Widener University  ( 20 to 25 )
1
36

Can I Afford Widener University?

$31,305 Net Price
82% Take Out Loans
4.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Widener is $31,305. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Widener

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$28,580 $30,265 $29,520 $30,709 $33,320

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Widener, approximately 82% of students took out student loans averaging $12,295 a year. That adds up to $49,180 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Widener is 4.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Widener University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,919 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,436 undergraduate students at Widener, with 2,919 being full-time and 517 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Widener

There are also 3,082 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,919 full-time undergraduates at Widener, 45% are male and 55% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Widener

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Widener University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Widener Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 116
Black or African American 337
Hispanic or Latino 142
White 2,104
International Students 84
Other Races/Ethnicities 136

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at Widener University. At this time, 15 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 39 countries are represented at Widener. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, China, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Widener University

1,148 Took All Classes Online
2,402 Took At Least One Class Online
39.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 5 master’s degree programs available online at Widener. In 2017-2018, 2,402 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Widener has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 23rd most popular in Pennsylvania for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Widener

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Widener University was 39.7%. This is the #568 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Widener regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Widener majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health Professions 5%
Public Administration & Social Service 38%
Social Work 38%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Widener ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Widener.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Social Work #10
Public Administration & Social Service #33
Nursing #89
Health Professions #158

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Widener University Majors

In 2017-2018, Widener University awarded 1,534 undergraduate degrees and 1,690 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 29 0 0
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 10 34 6 0
Allied Health Professions 4 0 0 0
Anthropology 0 7 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 1 0 0
Biomedical Engineering 0 23 10 0
Business Administration & Management 0 13 40 0
Business/Managerial Economics 0 1 0 0
Chemical Engineering 0 18 2 0
Chemistry 0 3 0 0
Civil Engineering 0 27 6 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 34 25
Communication & Media Studies 0 1 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 8 0 0
Computer Science 0 14 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 32 5 0
Educational Administration 0 0 1 21
Electrical Engineering 0 13 0 0
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 2 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 24 0 0
General Biology 0 34 0 0
General Business/Commerce 0 0 2 0
General Education 0 0 5 0
General English Literature 0 5 0 0
General Psychology 0 34 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 4 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 14 0
History 0 4 0 0
Hospitality Management 0 18 3 0
International Relations & National Security 0 9 0 0
Journalism 0 11 0 0
Law 0 0 0 176
Legal Research 0 0 22 1
Legal Support Services 0 1 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 8 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 10 4 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 49 8 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 7 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 7 0 0
Nursing 0 185 50 7
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 44 11 0
Other Psychology 0 17 0 0
Physics 0 2 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 8 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 5 0
Public Health 0 0 33 6
Public Relations & Advertising 0 12 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 39
Romance Languages 0 2 0 0
Social Work 0 14 263 4
Sociology 0 7 0 0
Special Education 0 0 2 0
Student Counseling 0 0 7 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 17 13 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 6 4 3
Writing Studies 0 1 0 0
Total 28 1,506 1,126 564

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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